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Kingston: Feb 22, 2014
Victory, following a famous six-wicket win on the same ground earlier in the week, would have given them a first series win over a Test playing nation.
But the West Indies drew on all their experience to win by 11 runs, hitting 96 for nine off their 20 overs after Ireland had won the toss and put them into bat, and then restricting Ireland to 85 for eight in theirs.
So, having gone so close, Ireland coached by former West Indies batsman Phil Simmons, had to settle for a draw in the two-match series.
It was at the Kingston venue where Ireland dramatically defeated Pakistan in a St Patrick’s Day 50-over World Cup match back in 2007.
West Indies and Ireland meet again in a one-off One-Day International (ODI) at the same ground on Sunday, the last match of the Irish tour.
Next month sees the West Indies defend their global title at the ICC World T20 2014 in Bangladesh — a tournament where Ireland’s first match is a St Patrick’s Day clash against Zimbabwe on March 17.
West Indies 96 for 9 in 20 overs (Andre Fletcher 19, Lendl Simmons 12; Alex Cusack 4 for 16, Stuart Thompson 1 for 9) beat Ireland 85 for 8 in 20 overs (Gary Wilson 35; Darren Sammy 3 for 22) by 11 runs.
Man of the Match – Darren Sammy
Man of the Series — Alex Cusack
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